Government funding to transform transport links in UK cities
The Government has taken the next steps in a project to upgrade transport links in the UK to enhance the alternatives to car travel.
Local authorities in 10 cities across the UK can now bid for a share of £840m funding, which can be used for anything from new bus routes in residential areas to rolling out e-bike schemes and deploying smart technology to reduce congestion.
The funding is open to Derby & Nottingham, Leicester City, the North East, Norwich, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Southampton, Sheffield, Stoke-on-Trent and West Yorkshire, and marks the second stage of the £1.7bn Transforming Cities Fund.
The first stage of the project has already provided six Mayoral Combined Authorities wit a share of £840m, which being put to use for projects such as the Brierley Hill tram lines extension in the West Midlands and the Beeline Cycle Network in Greater Manchester – a Dutch-style 1,000-mile system of interlinked bike and pedestrian lanes.